2018 Dominio de Pingus Psi (750ml)

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Having established Pingus (2018 $1099) as a new benchmark for greatness in Spanish wine, Peter Sisseck embarked on a new quest to produce a wine that captures the soul of Ribera del Duero by harnessing the passion of the region's growers, who for far too long, lacked the tools, capital, and vision to make wine that is truly theirs. Focusing on very old, head-pruned vines and those growers willing to use organic, and/or biodynamic farming, and reduce yields. Peter pays these growers well for those efforts. No new oak is employed at Psi, just traditional winemaking resulting in the pure expression of the Ribero del Duero region – as it was historically. Indeed, the best Psi yet.

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94WA

A rich red with chocolate, ripe fruit, walnuts and spice. Full-bodied and round with ripe tannins and a flavorful finish. Plenty of ripe fruit at the intense finish and lots of old-vine character with bark and wet-earth undertones. Real deal. Drink or hold.

95 points, James Suckling (Nov 2020)

I had already tasted the unbottled 2018 PSI, which saw a jump in quality after they got a new winery where they had much better working conditions. This wine is produced with purchased grapes from 200 hectares in around 750 plots and 20 different villages throughout Ribera del Duero (they now rent and work 50 hectares of these vineyards themselves). In 2018, they were able to use some 12% Garnacha and 2% other grapes, including whites that are found intermixed with the Tinta del País/Tempranillo in the old vineyards. Garnacha adds freshness, and the wine shows it—the character of the grape comes through in the blend. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured mostly in 5,000-liter and 10,000-liter oak vats, but 20% of the volume aged in used French barriques for 18 months. The color is quite light (relatively speaking), bright and lively, the nose perfumed, floral and elegant, like no PSI before. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine tannins, and it feels terribly balanced and beautifully textured. It's elegant more than powerful but full of energy. This is without a doubt the finest PSI to date. Viva Garnacha! 360,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020.

94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Sep 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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$29.99
This item is a pre-order estimated to arrive 06/21/21. 60+ bottles available.

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